Nostalgia and the Taste of Slime

We all get nostalgic around the new year. I’ve been taking some time to reflect on television shows from my youth. I have fond memories of my weekly afterschool routine. I always took the bus to my grandma’s house after school. She would get in from work about an hour after I got there so it was the best way for my parents to not leave me by myself for too long. I did the same thing week after week. I would go right inside, grab a pack of Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese, and a juice box before heading to the back room.

The back room was a narrow room my grandpa had built onto their house before I was born. I remember it was always cold because he didn’t properly insulate it. Anyway, I would head back there and turn on the old two-ton CRT TV, right in time for my shows to come on.

I know I put 90s Kid in the title, I was born in the early 90s, but the show that has been stuck in my head all day, is Slime Time Live, which premiered in 2000. Slime Time Live would air on Nickelodeon in-between other shows, I think as some kind of marketing for kids to want to go to Universal Studios or something. Either way, I loved that show and seeing all of Dave Aizer’s antics and games. Though I don’t remember much of the content, I remember the most important thing, the Sliming. More than that, I remember the desire to know what that slime tasted like burned in me with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns. Damn I wished I could taste that slime.

Now in my thirties I can only wish my problems were still as small as wondering what green mystery goo tastes like. I’ll probably never lead that simple of a life again, but there is a lesson in there about prioritizing concerns. I have really enjoyed thinking about this all day and still wondering what that slime tastes like. I could probably look up the recipe they used, but I kind of want to keep wondering. As a 90’s kid I was at the tail-end of the last generation that would ever have to wonder about anything. I am grateful to have all of human knowledge at my fingertips, don’t get me wrong. But not knowing what that slime tastes like will be that little piece of wonder from my youth that I allow to bug me from time to time, to remind me to try and take things a little less seriously.

That’s all for now.

Featured image from the Slime Time Live Wikipedia entry.


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